Please make sure to see the update at bottom of this post. Thank you.
This is one of the videos banned by YouTube and then, as you'll see below, reinstated after viewer and blogger pressure:
What you see are Hamas operatives loading Grad missiles onto a truck. Then you see the explosion after the IDF rockets the truck, destroying it and the missiles and killing the Hamas operatives, as well.
But this is not graphic footage. You don't see body parts or blood.
Still, YouTube's parent company, Google, felt it necessary to remove that and other videos – all of which make Israel's case for war.
What Google has done is clearly censorship of the worst kind.
And that censorship by Google continues, as you'll now see.
This is how the the IDF Channel's home page looks now. Please click to enlarge:
If you click on a video there you are brought to a YouTube verify screen before being allowed to view footage. You must be 18 or older – just like porn – to view IDF videos. Please click to enlarge:
Here's the text:
This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community.
By clicking "Confirm", you are agreeing that all videos or groups flagged by the YouTube community will be viewable by this account.
In other words, if you want to watch the IDF videos showing Hamas loading missiles meant to murder Israeli civilians, you'll also have to take the chance of seeing KKK videos or porn.
The IT Examiner notes this isn't Google's first – or its most draconian – use of censorship:
Youtube censors Israeli Army videos
Reinstates 'some of the footage'
By Aharon Etengoff in San Francisco @ Wednesday, December 31, 2008 6:30 AM
Youtube has removed a number of IDF (Israel Defence Forces) videos posted on a newly inaugurated channel.
One of the banned videos was a clip showing a cell of Hamas operatives being targeted in an IAF (Israel Air Force) strike as they loaded rockets onto a truck.
"We were saddened earlier today that Youtube took down some of our exclusive footage showing the IDF's operational success in operation Cast Lead against Hamas extremists in the Gaza Strip," said the IDF Spokesperson's Office. "Fortunately, due to blogger and viewer support, Youtube has returned some of the footage they removed."
The channel, which currently boasts over 3,000 subscribers, recorded over 132,805 views in just two days.
Google, which owns Youtube, is no stranger to censorship. Google.cn, which currently obeys draconian Internet policies stipulated by China, routinely suppresses search phrases regarding the Falun Gong, Tibetan independence and the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests.
To give you an idea of how truly draconian Google is, I was banned from Google's AdSense program more than four years ago.
Why was I banned?
My site – at that time a tame collection of documents from rabbis on the Jewish status of Ethiopian Jews, and a collection of newspaper accounts of Chabad messianism – was flagged as being "against a group or individual," and therefore in violation of Google's terms of service.
That group or individual? Chabad and its late rebbe.
I pointed out to Google that it had not banned thousands of sites that were anti-Bush, anti-Clinton, anti-Gore, etc. I also asked a question: If I put up a site that was anti-KKK, that exposed the racism and violence inherent in the Klan, would that site be banned?
Google refused to answer the question. It also refused to lift the ban, which stands until today.
In fact, I launched two new websites, one in late 2007 and another this summer. The first site had nothing to do with Judaism, Chabad, politics, Israel or anything controversial. It was a health site related to a specific illness.
Less than a week later, Google banned my new website, as well – even though the content had been static for the entire period in question. In other words, the content it banned was the exact same content it had approved.
Google refused to explain this new ban or change it.
Late this summer, I launched the second new website, OpenSourceHalacha.com. Google banned that, as well, even though all the website does is print and translate Jewish legal decisions and sections of the Shulchan Aruch, the standard Code of Jewish Law.
Google has no appeals processes and is notorious for chucking people out of AdSense without warning or recourse.
How ironic the company that most defines the Internet age is a crude censor that cannot see the difference between IDF videos and porn, or between legitimate criticism by Jews of other Jews and the American Nazi Party.
UPDATE: Google-YouTube has a Multinational Force in Iraq channel with videos like the IDF video Google censored.
[IDF Channel first noticed on Horizontal Plane.]